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ERIC Number: EJ870099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1938-9809
Educate the Women and You Change the World: Investing in the Education of Women Is the Best Investment in a Country's Growth and Development
Jackson, Leah Witcher
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2009 n2 2009
An extensive body of research indicates a significant correlation between gender equality and the level of economic and social development of a country. Gender inequities have been found to influence the way members of the family spend their time and resources. Evidence suggests that women with more control over resources will spend more money on basic living needs (e.g., food and health) and education. Research demonstrates that investment in women, and more specifically women's education, has numerous positive effects on not only the women but also her children and family. These outcomes not only improve the quality of life of women and families but also combat poverty and foster economic growth. At the heart of achieving gender equality is the education of girls and women and the removal of barriers to education and opportunities for their advancement. The economic benefits of addressing and reducing barriers to women's education and engagement in the workforce can be substantial. A growing number of organizations and governments recognize that focusing on women and girls is the most effective way to fight global poverty and extremism. This article begins with a discussion of why it is beneficial to focus on women as a way to combat poverty and to accomplish economic and social development and growth. A look at the history of international treaties and organizations over the last six decades shows significant improvement and yet the current status of women indicates that a significant gender gap still exists even in developed countries. The article concludes with suggestions and strategies for governments, businesses, organizations and individuals to assist with the promotion and protection of women's rights, resources and voice to effectuate full participation in all aspects of society. (Contains 103 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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